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Academic panel on Breonna Taylor grand jury verdict

Experts discuss gender, race and political movements in panel and Q&A

EVANSTON, Ill. --- In the wake of the killing of Breonna Taylor, Northwestern University will host an online academic panel exploring the ramifications of the grand jury decision on gender, race, law, political movements and policing. 

The panel, Where Do We Go From Here After the Breonna Taylor Verdict: Gender, Race, and the Future of Social Movements, begins at 1 p.m. CDT Thursday, Oct. 1, and will be accessible live on Zoom.  

Media interested in attending can register online and RSVP to Shannon Pesek by emailing

The panelists’ discussion will include an analysis of the grand jury decision, the current state of policing and its impact on politics and the election, the erasure of Black women and femmes in the public outcries against state violence and the influence of social movements, both historically and contemporarily.  

The panel is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), the Office of Equity, the Office of the Provost and the Community Justice and Civil Rights Clinic. 

Panelists discuss Breonna Taylor grand jury verdict

Sheila Bedi

Clinical professor of law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; director of the Community Justice and Civil Rights Clinic

Bedi expert in civil rights, as well as the legal and policy strategies that support social justice movements aimed at dismantling the carceral state.

Sekile Nzinga

Lecturer in Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences; director of the Northwestern Women’s Center

Nzinga an expert in Black feminism theory and intersectional feminist praxis. She also serves as interim chief diversity officer and associate provost for diversity and inclusion.


Alvin B. Tillery Jr.

Associate professor of political science and African American studies in the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences; director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy

Tillery is an expert in politics and race relations.